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MARI450 Applied Estuarine Ecology

Full year (part time) - 20 points

Seminars: via moodle (online) and during intensive field course
Field trip: Leigh marine laboratory 10-15 July 2016
Course Co-ordinators: Simon Thrush (Auckland), Conrad Pilditch (Waikato), Candida Savage (Otago)

This paper emphasises multi-disciplinary science to better understand the functioning of soft-sediment ecosystems. The course will cover fundamental ecological principles of soft-sediment systems through to the impacts associated with human activities. Student participation in practical exercises in experimental field ecology will be at the core of the learning process.

This special topic will be taught in an intensive, one-week course by staff from Otago, Auckland and Waikato universities at Leigh Marine Laboratory between July 10 – 15. To develop understanding of important concepts, students will be sent reading lists (via moodle an online teaching resource) with accompanying questions to be answered in preparation for the block course. The block course will consist of interactive seminars based on the readings, and feature a strong practical component.

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